Power rankings: Making statements

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Kendall Rogers        
Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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The college baseball landscape always seems to be changing, especially when it comes to individual performances.

There's plenty of movement to report in the latest PG Power Rankings.

In the head coach category, South Carolina's Ray Tanner no longer leads the way. Instead, that honor belongs to Florida's Kevin O'Sullivan, whose Gators are the nation's top-ranked club. Stanford's Mark Marquess, UCLA's John Savage and Kentucky's also are headliners.

Staying with the Florida theme, outstanding junior catcher Mike Zunino spearheads the catcher position. Meanwhile, Miami's Peter O'Brien isn't too far behind, while there's a significant drop off after he and Zunino.

Over at first base, Florida State's Jayce Boyd continues to lead the way, while Central Florida's D.J. Hicks isn't too far behind and is in the midst of an outstanding offensive campaign. Mississippi's Matt Snyder and Baylor's Max Muncy are rising right now.

In the middle infield, Mississippi's Alex Yarbrough is having an outstanding campaign and leads the charge, while Purdue's Eric Charles, Arizona State's Joey DeMichele, Southeastern Louisiana's Brock Hebert and Arizona's Alex Mejia continue to impress.

At third base, San Diego's Kris Bryant is having a mammoth campaign at the plate and leads the charge, while Southeastern Missouri State's Trenton Moses and Georgia Southern's Eric Phillips aren't too far behind. It's also worth noting that Colin Moran remains on the list despite being sidelined the next few weeks with an injury.

There's some consistency in the outfield, where Florida State's James Ramsey and Texas A&M's Tyler Naquin continue to lead the way. Meanwhile, LSU's Raph Rhymes, UCLA's Jeff Gelalich and Kansas State's Jared King are rapidly rising.

There's also plenty of movement on the mound.

In terms of starting pitchers, San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer is having a dominant campaign and leads the way, while Oklahoma State left-hander Andrew Heaney is rising up the charts. Also keep an eye on LSU's Kevin Gausman and Missouri State's Pierce Johnson, who also are having phenomenal campaigns.

Finally, in the bullpen, Florida's Austin Maddox leads the way, while Florida State's Robert Benincasa and Central Florida's Joe Rogers are rising.

The PG power rankings are released each week of the regular season, and once to complete the 2012 campaign.


COLLEGE BASEBALL POWER RANKINGS (MARCH 27)

Head coach | Catcher | First base | Middle infield | Third base | Outfield | Starting pitcher | Relief pitcher



Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at kendall@perfectgame.org

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